April 26th 2009 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Jubilee Mass
Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of NANO NAGLE’S Death.
A JUBILEE MASS of Thanksgiving will be celebrated in St Finbarr’s South Parish Church on this Sunday April 26th @ 3pm – ALL WELCOME.

Nano Nagle was born in 1718 in Ballygriffin, Co. Cork
As Catholic education in Ireland at that time carried the death sentence, Nano had to leave the country and go to France to be educated. On her return to Cork, Nano became aware of the many people all around her who lived in appaling poverty and oppression. Soon she set about alleviating and improving the lot of the poor.   Nano knew that without education, no permanent change in society could occur. In the degraded condition of her people she recognised not only the effects of political oppression and economic change, but a divine call.  At great personal risk, Nano opened small schools in the city of Cork and in this way made a stand against some of the injustices of her time.  Inspired and led by the spirit, Nano Nagle pioneered a courageous ministry to the poor and downtrodden and, in so doing, challenged the authorities of our City. She selflessly educated the children during the day and visited and nursed the sick by night. As a result, she became known in Cork as the Lady with the Lantern, the symbol of the Sisters of the Presentation worldwide. Soon it became more clear to her, that such work demanded not only a special call from God but also great generosity and a permanent commitment.  And so in 1775 began the Congregation of the Presentation Sisters . There are now three thousand women world wide who strive to follow in the footsteps of their valiant foundress  Nano. 
The story of Nano is a tiny segment of the Christian story from which it derives its impetus and its meaning.  Nano died from tuberculosis, April 26, 1784. and buried at South Presentation Convent.  She was a woman of "welcoming heart" and the Presentation Sisters today share her Charism of hospitality and welcome. Nano gave herself totally to God – she spent long hours in prayer, trusted God totally and was utterly faithful to him – she was given the inner strength to overcome the obstacles others put before her in order to realise the vision and call she had received from the Lord.
In 2005 following a phone-in poll conducted by Marian Finucane's RTÉ radio show to find Ireland Greatest Woman (22,000 people took part) at the end of the 3 weeks poll Nano Nagle emerged the winner and was given the accolade –  Ireland’s Greatest Woman 

Prayer for her Canonisation
O God, who enkindled in the heart of Your servant NANO NAGLE, the fire of
Your love, and a consuming desire to serve You in any part of the world,
grant that we also may love You, and make You much loved.  And if it be for
the glory of God, and the salvation of souls, grant that soon she may be
raised to the altars of Your Church, through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Guided Holy Hour
Praying for Vocations on next Saturday – May 2nd – Christ the King Church.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin immediately after the 6pm Mass and Guided Hour: 6.45pm to 7.45pm.

First Friday
Next Friday is First Friday.  Fr Kerry and Fr Charlie will visit the sick and housebound of the parish at their usual times on this coming Thursday and Friday.  Should anyone who would like a visit and they are not on the current list of visits please contact either of the priests.

We welcome into the Christian Community: Kieran Cordini-D’Almeida, Daniel Patrick Kennedy & Cathal Liam O’Malley who were baptised recently.

Turner’s Cross Gramophone Society
Recital will be held on Tuesday next at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Presenter:  Colette Buckley.

Christ King Girl’s Primary School
OPEN DAY – Thursday May 7th ~11am to 1pm
11am -11.40 School Concert
11.40-12 noon: Refreshments
12 noon – 1pm Tour of the School.
The school is now accepting enrolments and application forms are available
by contacting the school on 021-4963695.

A 4 Night Introduction to the Old Testament.
Presented by Fr Charles Conroy MSC, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Gregorian University Rome. 
8-9pm on Thursday 7th/14th/21st/28th May 2009 in
Brú Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton. Cost €20 [€10 Seniors/Students].
Bookings and information from Fr Seán O’Sullivan at 021-43357765.  All are welcome.

We offer our sincere and prayerful sympathies to the families of John Madden, Friars Rd and Canon Gerard  Keohane, retired Parish Priest of SS Peter and Paul's.
He was also Chaplain to the Defence Forces for a number of years. Lord grant them eternal peace and joy, and to their families & friends strength and comfort.

There has been a very good response to the Trócaire Lenten Appeal. We will have the total next weekend – Don't forget to hand in your Trócaire Box during the coming week – Thank you.

Visiting Choirs.
On this Sunday: April 26th we welcome St Michael’s Church Choir, Blackrock who are visiting  and will sing at our 10.30 Mass.
On next weekend (May 3rd )The Chamber Choir Gallerie from Finland will sing at the 10.30 Mass.